Michigan State returns seven of nine starters along the offensive and defensive lines.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Ninety-five Spartan student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
In the first eight seasons under head coach Mark Dantonio, 98 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten.
MSU and Ohio State set to meet Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience.
Now it's time to develop a knockout punch.
Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue
The Spartans topped Iowa in the Big 10 Championship on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Has played multiple positions on the offensive line in 13 games of action, including four starts at right guard (Air Force, Central Michigan, Purdue, Rutgers) and four starts at left guard (Michigan, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio State) . . . had 40 knockdowns during the regular season . . . saw action at center on MSU’s game-winning, 22-play touchdown drive in the fourth quarter vs. No. 4 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . had a winning grade while playing 18 snaps vs. Penn State . . . started at left guard at No. 2 Ohio State and tallied two knockdowns in his 18 snaps . . . started at left guard vs. Maryland and graded out a winner; saw action for 46 snaps and had six knockdowns . . . played 13 snaps at guard at Nebraska and had two knockdowns in posting a winning grade . . . played a majority of the Indiana game at center (63 snaps out of 75), although he started at left guard against the Hoosiers . . . had 3.5 knockdowns and played 67 snaps in his first career start at left guard in win at No. 12 Michigan . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording 8.5 knockdowns in 51 snaps at Rutgers . . . played 54 snaps at right guard vs. Purdue and had two knockdowns . . . delivered a career-high 9.5 knockdowns and played 56 snaps against Central Michigan . . . earned his first career start at right guard vs. Air Force and played 49 snaps; had four knockdowns . . . played 27 snaps at right guard against Oregon and posted a winning grade; entered the lineup following an injury to starting right tackle Kodi Kieler, as previous starting right guard Donavon Clark moved to right tackle . . . played both guard and center in the season-opening win over Western Michigan, playing 12 snaps against the Broncos and posting a winning grade.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . played 60 offensive snaps, including a season-high 26 vs. Eastern Michigan (four knockdowns).
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Made his only appearance of the season against Youngstown State.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top offensive guards by ESPN.com (No. 25), 247Sports.com (No. 27) and Rivals.com (No. 40) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among Ohio's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 14), 247Sports.com (No. 35) and Rivals.com (No. 50) . . . two-year starter and two-time all-conference pick for Coach Ron Ullery at Centerville (Ohio) High School . . . second-team All-Ohio (Division I) selection by The Associated Press in 2011 . . . named to AP Southwest All-District Team . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Elks average 332.0 rushing yards and 39.3 points per game in 2011 . . . recorded 65 knockdowns as a senior, including 16 domination blocks . . . Elks averaged 5.8 yards per carry as 90 percent of the team's runs went behind him in 2011 . . . produced 38 knockdowns, including 10 domination blocks, as a junior while the Elks averaged 320 rushing yards per game and 5.6 yards per rush . . . four-year letterman in track and field . . . son of Michael and Tracy McGowan . . . born Dec. 12, 1993 . . . majoring in criminal justice.